On a bright summer day in 2014, when the teachers of government schools of the district where I was working as District Magistrate, invited me for inaugurating a sports function, I decided to pitch a challenge.
” Can you make Teaching Learning Material for the children in the Anganwady (Govt kindergarten) in your compound ? From the material around you, using the skill and enthusiasm of your B.Ed days, getting the help from your young students in work experience classes, by contributing some money from your own pockets? These children from anganwadis can benefit with your creativity. After all, they are your future students”
To my great delight they volunteered to take up the challenge. In a matter of four months, we had organised multiple camps to distribute their TLM to the concerned anganwadis. Hundreds of schools volunteered enthusiastically and their imagination was outstanding! Except motivating them and attending all camps, and applauding as each anganwady received the TLM kit from the school, I did nothing.
Of the 1.29 lakh of anganwady kids studying, we reached out to 75,000 children through the initial response. Mathematics, alphabets, memory tools- the talent was amazing!
This is one project which I wish ardently the civil society takes up too- if you are creative, create and donate to an anganwady next to your house.